Tuesday, 16 September 2014

VISITED: Harry Potter Studio Tour...again

So...it's not the first time I've shown my face at the Warner Bro's Studio and it most certainly won't be the last. 

It is no secret to those that know me - I'm a massive Harry Potter fan. I think it helps having been the right age to grow up reading the books but be at 'the right age' - if I can even say that?


The first time I went was last January and I absolutely loved it. The Great Hall was all dressed up for Christmas and I was very, very excited about this unexpected Christmas gift.


Surprisingly, I was waaaay more excited than the first time and a few little bits had even slipped my mind so it made it enjoyable all over again. As it was still the school holidays, they had a special event on, Bludgers and Broomsticks, which was a lot of fun. I will go on to tell you more.


The thing with this post is that I don't want to spoil any of the tour for anybody that may be going soon or in the future so I will keep my photos to a minimum and just tell you about the special event that was on, as well as a little snippet of information one of the staff there told us. But it is a BIG secret - although we know it's a brand spankin' new Defence Against the Dark Arts section.


Here are some photographs from this visit;






























As I mentioned at the start, it was still the school holidays; every holidays, Warner Bros Studio put on a special little event or feature for the Harry Potter Tour. This holiday was Bludgers and Broomsticks and we were lucky enough to speak to the prop makers of every single Harry Potter film. They mostly spoke to us about the broomstick making (and blew our minds) whilst actually making some fancy brooms for us to see. The skill these men have is absolutely incredible! They made thousands and thousands of different props for the films and cleverly made generic lightweight brooms for the actors to hold, whilst also making a main prop of incredible quality for one off shots. 



You can see the saddle detail carved into the broomstick below - AMAZING...


Ed and I were fascinated by the blue prints of the brooms...



They were more than happy to spend a good half an hour chatting to us and you could see the joy on their faces as they spoke about their work as well as their love of HP. Both men didn't even come from any kind of background that would warrant their prop making - both admitting they almost 'fell into it'. Well, I wish I had such a talent that could allow me to fall into such an incredible line of work.

Another feature of Bludger's and Broomsticks below, a Quidditch game... 



Through the next door you are led outside to my absolute favourite bit - The Knight Bus, Godrick's Hollow, Privet Drive and the Butterbeer 'bar'...










After playing around outside for a good hour, the chill in the air led us back inside through makeup effects and for a wander down Diagon Alley...













And for the grand finale...










And exit through the wand room...


Please know - there are SOOO many things I've not talked about and around 150-200 pictures I haven't included so if you haven't been, there are still some surprises for you. I didn't even photograph the gift shop, mostly because we were so engrossed and spent an obscene amount of money in there.

I urge you to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour if you're a big HP fan - take your family, your friends, tell your friends friends. It truly makes you appreciate the sheer work and effort that goes into the HP films and even though some of the magic is revealed...it will always be magic in my eyes.


xo

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